I like eating salads for lunch, but I dislike pulling all the ingredients out of the fridge and cabinet every day and making a mess. My trainer, Megan for High Def Heath, showed me an easy meal prep idea that would make the whole process much easier. Mason jar salads have been around for a while, but if you are new to the idea, the main thing to know is wet ingredients go on the bottom, and green go on the top (so they don’t get soggy). For this Southwest Salad, we started with a homemade jalapeño cilantro dressing, layered on my favorite veggies, then beans for protein, and topped with my greens of choice, kale. If it’s not quite filling enough, after you shake and serve, slice up a half of an avocado to top it off. Delish!
Ingredients and preparation after the break! If you are looking for a ton more recipes, check out Megan’s meal plans and shopping lists.
Happy 2018! Before the New Year my exercise and eating habits was in a baaaad place, so I decided to make a change and reached out to my high school friend, Megan, who recently opened up a gym with her wife in Milwaukee, High Def Heath (go women entrepreneurs!). I started training with her two months ago, and am feeling stronger and more fit, now the next step was getting my diet under control. This last week we decided to do breakfast, lunch and dinner meal prep for the week and video the steps for my @ISPYDIY Instagram stories and you all loved it! (you can still see our “cooking show” on the MEAL PLAN highlight right under my bio on Instagram). I wanted to make sure you had the recipes here for reference, and the mason jar salads and sheet pan salmon will be up this week! It’s been so fun to see how many people are already making the meals. If you are looking for a ton more recipes, check out Megan’s meal plans and shopping lists. We had so much fun cooking we are already planning another prep, stay tuned!
Ingredients and preparation after the break! (more…)
Summer is winding down, but if you are looking to squeeze in one more backyard dinner party, I had some ideas for you! I know I can’t stop talking about my backyard, but after a decade of apartment living, it feels so good to finally have an outdoor space! And we have been using it to the absolute fullest. It’s been a little oasis in the middle of the city where my friends can pop by and relax, eat, drink and laugh the night away. We switched up the set up on the deck and brought out my kitchen table and chairs to create the perfect dining area for a dinner party.
I wanted to create an centerpiece that included two of my favorite things: succulents and pink! I spray-painted inexpensive terra-cotta pots pale pink – the larger ones are from the hardware store and you can find the tiny ones at the craft store. To save money on succulents, buy Hen and Chicken succulents ($10 for a bunch) and break then up and pot in the small planters.
Personal touches make for the best tablescape. Once I had my color scheme, instead of buying items that fit the theme, I made them, like the dyed napkins (tutorial here)!
The backdrop was created by sticking the stems of the eucalyptus and flowers through the slats in the fence. You could also use clear tape to adhere to a wall, stem-side up.
Make Berry Brut Popsicles by filing these bags with fruit and champagne (or pink lemonade), freeze and then eat, or add to a glass of Rosé to create a deliciously fruity drink.
Serve you popcicles in a glass of Rosé to keep your drink cold in the Summer heat! More pictures after the break! (more…)